Stampin’ Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

Hello hello!  Happy Sunday!  We had a great time yesterday – ate some cake, chatted with friends, cheered over the game!  Had to leave a little before the game ended to come home to feed ponies.  And Finn!

The card I made yesterday is a clean-and-simple little number – it’s a silhouette card using the Sunkissed stamp set – I was feeling in a tropical mood, I guess!  And I created a cool cloudy-sky effect using the Basic Borders Die set.  Take a look-see:

Stampin' Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

Seriously – looks like a windswept beach in Maui as the afternoon squall approaches! 🙂

I was playing along with the theme challenge at the Global Design Project this week.

The first thing I did was to use the smaller oval die from the new Framed Florets die set to cut an oval from the middle of a piece of Basic White cardstock.  This became the mask for the oval shape.  Tip:  if you make this piece of cardstock the same size as your actual card front panel (3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ in this case!) it makes it a HECK of a lot easier to get everything lined up! 😉

I used some repositionable tape runner to adhere (temporarily!) my actual Basic White card front to my work surface.  Then I used sticky notes to adhere the mask in place over the top.

Stampin' Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

I made my cloud template by cutting a piece of Window Sheet with the ‘cloud” edge in the Basic Borders Die set.  This is a stand-alone (aka a la Carte!) die set in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog.  I made the sheet a little longer than the width of my card front.

Stampin' Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

I held the cloud template in place – starting at the bottom of the oval, and used a Blending Brush to lightly add Balmy Blue ink just above the masked edge.  Then I moved the mask up a ways – moved it left or right so that the clouds were “staggered” like “real” ones – and did it again!  Tip:  when using the Blending Brush – or really ANY ink blending tool – start OFF your card front.  It’s too easy to get a glob and…no one wants that! 🙂

I repeated that until I’d made a pretty cloudy sky in the oval.

Stampin' Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

When I made it to the top of the oval – I picked up the mask and placed my card front into my Stamparatus.  Then I used the Stamparatus to stamp the large palms image from the Sunkissed stamp set in Early Espresso ink.

The next element is the sentiment from the Sunkissed set, simply stamped in Early Espresso ink.

Stampin' Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

I adhered the panel to a Balmy Blue mat with Stampin’ Seal and the card front was done!

On the inside, I stamped a second sentiment from the Sunkissed set in Early Espresso on a Basic White panel.  I Blended on a little Balmy Blue ink in the corner and used the Stamparatus again to stamp the Sunkissed palms in Early Espresso.

Stampin' Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

I used Stampin’ Seal to adhere the panel to a Balmy Blue mat and into my Early Espresso card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Basic White Medium Envelope got a little Balmy Blue Blending and the Sunkissed palms on the front…

Stampin' Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

…and a piece of Balmy Blue Subtles 6″ x 6″ DSP – with the cute little pelican from Sunkissed stamped in Early Espresso! – on the envelope flap.

Stampin' Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

Et Voila!  I love this card so much!  Modest, aren’t I?! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️  But I do!  I really love silhouette cards and these big breezy palms from the Sunkissed set are just perfect!  And – that cloudy sky – created with some quick blending and a “stencil” cut from a Window Sheet using the Basic Borders die?  Oh yes – I can see the squall line approaching!

Stampin' Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

I hope you like!

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Finn Fan Fix 

Finn stayed home while we went to the birthday gala/game night.  FYI – UGA beat Tenn!  Whoo-hooo!!

The birthday girl started the event in a mix of Tenn Orange and UGA red (her little shoes)…

Here’s she’s sitting with her Dad, Chris…

…and then Matt (Chris’ identical twin) arrived with his wife and…Jules decided HE was maybe her Dad, too!

Then it was over to Grandpa Ed – who, apparently, needed his beard held!

After dinner – she was seated in her throne and presented with a…Smash Cake.

Did y’all know that that’s a thing?  A little cake created solely for the purpose of being smashed and smeared and essentially destroyed by the guest of honor.

Now – straight up – I was expecting something along the lines of the old Gallagher bit – with the sledgehammer and watermelons. Who remembers that??

The reality was much less exciting!

Chris helped her figure it out and she sort of got into it.

By the time she just sort of wound down…

…she was pretty much covered with frosting.

The cake was mostly intact – but the frosting took a hit!  She was wearing about half a cake’s worth.

So – it seemed like a good time to change into UGA supporter clothes! She’s pretty stinkin’ cute!

…and she retired to the house to watch the rest of the game and cheer on the team.

It was a fun evening!

One I have zero doubt she’ll have forgotten by tomorrow! 😉



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12 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Cloudy But Sunkissed Birthday Card with Video Tutorial

  1. First of all, I LOVE your card and it was fun watching you create it. Secondly, what a sweet child and a loving family. Don’t you wonder what she thinks when she sees two of her father? LOL. Have a blessed day.

    • stampsnlingers

      She thinks he’s HIM! It was pretty amusing to watch. They are both SUCH good men – she’s beyond blessed to have them (and their wonderful wives!!) in her life! Thanks, Karen! 🙂

  2. Such a pretty card! Love the way that you did the clouds on the background! Yeah, 1 year-old birthday parties are usually much for fun for the adults than the kid. 😉

    • stampsnlingers

      We DID get a kick out of watching her with the cake and the other tiny human that was in attendance! Thanks, Amy! 🙂

  3. enjoyed the video. Lovely, easy card. Thanks for the tips on making clouds.
    Also, enjoyed the virtual birthday party. She is much cuter in UGA outfit! And kids seem to like their frosting. Poor Finn. I hope he got some leftovers.

    • stampsnlingers

      He didn’t – but…he DID get Pumpkin so…it’s sort of the same! Yep – she DID look cute in her UGA-suit! Thanks, Julie! 🙂

  4. JudiH

    Those clouds are so realistic. Video: You are a fountain of wisdom, tips, and tricks!
    1. Cut template from window sheet and re-use. 2. Tombow Sand eraser to the rescue! Thanks to your awesomeness I learned 2 new tricks. YAY. So I guess it’s ok that I didn’t get to sing Rocky Top yesterday 🥲

    • stampsnlingers

      Glad you got to learn some new things, Judi! And that you like the card. Now – just go sing Rocky Top!! 🙂

  5. Faith Simpson

    Truly LOVE this card!! My set is on the way, and this will be the FIRST thing I make with it!!
    Baby Jules looked adorable…….I love the pumpkin squash cake!! They never quite know what to do when they finally get cake!! All fun and important to celebrate!

    • stampsnlingers

      So glad you like it – I love this set! Yes, it was pretty darned fun watching her figure out that it tasted GOOD! 🙂 Thanks, Faith! 🙂

  6. Gail S.

    Will definitely try this one! So pretty. My dad was an identical twin–they married sisters, we lived front to back of each other for years, 9 kids, lots of Daddy 1 and Daddy 2 calls. Good memories!

    • stampsnlingers

      I bet that was a wonderful way to grow up, Gail! Jules is very blessed! Thanks! 🙂

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